Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that can lead to vision loss and blindness by damaging the optic nerve. There are a number of risk factors associated with glaucoma, including family history and high blood pressure. However, a very low-fat diet may also be a risk factor for this condition. Dr. Mittleman understands that navigating glaucoma can be distressing, confusing, and challenging for many patients, which is why he is committed to ensuring his patients receive high-quality eye care. Ahead, learn more about the connection between low-fat diets and glaucoma.
A Balanced Diet is Key
It is generally accepted that your dietary choices and overall health can affect glaucoma. For example, consuming healthy foods, such as berries, leafy greens, and nuts, can protect against free radicals, which are associated with a higher risk of glaucoma and other eye diseases. Many individuals might then assume that a strict diet that is high in nutrients and low in fat may be their best defense for preserving their vision.
While it is true that certain foods can slow the progression of glaucoma, recent studies have suggested that consuming a diet that is too low in fat may increase the risk of glaucoma.
Balance is Key
A well-balanced diet with moderate fat consumption may be an effective defense against glaucoma. Wise dietary choices may include:
Fish: Foods such as salmon and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of developing vision-threatening eye diseases later in life.
Seeds and nuts: Nuts like almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and pistachios are a good source of vitamin E, which keeps the cells healthy and protected from damage, including retinal damage caused by free radicals.
Greens: Leafy greens are known for their health-boosting properties, but incorporating an appropriate amount of leafy greens into a diet can offer additional benefits for individuals with glaucoma.
The experts at Mittleman Eye offer several effective glaucoma treatment options. This includes:
Medicated eye drops: Medicated eye drops are often prescribed as the first treatment option for patients with glaucoma. They manage the condition by helping the fluid in the eye to drain better. They may also decrease the amount of eye fluid produced.
Laser therapy: As the disease progresses, laser therapy becomes an option. Also known as trabeculoplasty, this treatment is used to lower intraocular pressure.
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries: Also offered at Mittleman Eye are minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries, also known as MIGS. These effective surgeries lower IOP and are associated with faster recovery times and a decreased risk of complications.
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